Fady Joudah was the 2007 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award for The Earth in the Attic. In his poems Joudah explores big themes—identity, war, religion, what we hold in common—while never losing sight of the quotidian, the specific. Contest judge Louise Glück describes the poet in her Foreword as that strange animal, the lyric poet in whom circumstance and professionhave compelled obsession with large social contexts and grave national dilemmas. She finds in his poetry an incantatory quality and concludes, These are small poems, many of them, but the grandeur of conception is inescapable. The Earth in the Attic is varied, coherent, fierce, tender; impossible to put down, impossible to forget.
Published by Yale University Press, April 2008.
Fady Joudah is a Palestinian-American doctor and has been a member of Doctors Without Borders since 2001. His translation of Mahmoud Darwishs recent poetry, The Butterflys Burden, received the 2008 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. He currently resides in Houston, Texas.
He performed at the Jerusalem Fund's Cultural Gallery.